Method - Institutional analysis

Description

A method to collect in-depth information on stakeholder relationships by analyzing institutional arrangements and settings. What are the formal and informal rules of society that shape the behaviour of people and organisations or facilitate coordination amongst them? What are rules relevant to a specific policy field and, based on this– ex-ante – what are (institutional) obstacles for effectively implementing policies or management approaches? It can also be used to identify (institutional) obstacles with respect to the design process of policies or management

Purpose

To collect in-depth information on stakeholder relationships by analyzing institutional arrangements and settings

Guidance on performing this method

  • There is a wide range of empirical tools and methods that can be used to identify, describe, and assess relevant institutional arrangements (formal and informal), stakeholder interests: identifying and analysing relevant published research, legal documents, planning materials, policy documents, and other written sources.
  • exploratory (open) and/or semi-structured interviews with relevant actors/stakeholders as well as focus groups, workshops, and surveys might be useful.
  • Such analysis will likely be resource intensive with skills and expertise required on Institutional knowledge, knowledge about relevant legislation, but also norms and other informal rules.
  • For more information see: http://www.mspguide.org/tool/institutional-analysis

Strengths

Insight in institutional arrangements and settings that possibly affect stakeholders relationships.

Weaknesses

it is very time consuming

Sources

References to be fully worked out (Tara)

Further reading